Get the most from sending your child on a English language holiday

The traditional way to improve your English

Traditionally Students are sent in groups to a foreign country. They stay in dorms as a group where there can be anything from twenty to a few hundred students. The daily schedule is normally English Classes in the morning and some sporting activities in the afternoon. The typical duration is 2 semaines L'expérience est très amusant pour les enfants / adolescents, toutefois, il y a un avantage limité à améliorer leur anglais.

The challenge with this approach is that students are surrounded by children of the same nationality for the duration of the stay..

L'impact de cela est la suivante:

  • Ils retourneront à parler leur langue maternelle comme il est plus facile de parler de cette façon
  • Ils ont pas l'occasion de mettre en pratique ce qu'ils apprennent dans les cours d'anglais
  • Aucune occasion de pratiquer l'anglais de conversation avec des gens qui parlent l'anglais comme première langue

The end result is that opportunity to improve English from being in another country will is not capitalised on. en outre, ils ne reçoivent pas de vivre ce que la vie normale ou la culture est comme dans le pays qu'ils visitent.

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The new way to improve your child's English

The more recent approach to Language travel and improving a child's English or second language is through total language immersion. The approach of total language immersion has been fine-tuned and adopted by hebe Adventures. It is a completely different approach to what is outlined above.

What we have found is that international students in many cases have been studying English from a young age. There general level of English is very good and in essence, what is required is an environment where they have to practice speaking English.

Total Language Immersion puts the student in an environment where they live life as a local, living with a host family and attending camps/ schools/ work that is mainly attended by local children/ teenagers.

Private English lessons can also be provided if required and the learnings from these lessons can be applied immediately with their host family or in the summer camps.

With this approach they get 3 key benefits over the traditional approach:

  • Because they living with a local host family that are not fluent in the students' first language it is an environment where they have to speak English
  • The camps they attend are for local children, therefore, they have to practice their English while they are attending camp.
  • Living with a host family and being part of the family, immerses the student in family life, outing, sports etc. They get to experience the culture of the country and what daily life is like.

Overall it is a much more complete and rewarding experience and very advantageous from improving their conversational English. They also make new often life long friends in another country.

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